I've noticed that every day seems to be a holiday of sorts - each day and each month have been declared a national day or month of something or other. I wonder who had the authority to declare these "holidays" - these reasons to celebrate something in particular?
No matter, today is National Sugar Cookie Day, according to many different websites.
July also has been dubbed the national month of a number of things, including: watermelon, berries, grilling, baked beans, picnicking and ice cream ... and the list goes on.
So, in honor of today's "holiday" here is a recipe for a simple sugar cookie.
Makes 4 dozen
(Adapted from allrecipes.com)
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter or non-dairy butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg or flax egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.
Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place them on cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Vanilla buttercream frosting
10 to 12 servings
(Adapted from www.foodnetwork.com)
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter or non-dairy butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
Using a mixer with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low until well blended, then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
Add vanilla and cream and beat on medium for 1 minute. Add more cream if needed for spreading consistency.
Let cookies cool completely before icing them. Serve some with and some without icing, depending on preference. You also can decorate your cookies with sprinkles or colored sugar.
Also try adding colored sugar on top of unbaked cookies before putting them in the oven.
The sugar will melt into the cookie for a colorful addition baked right into your treat.
Reppert is the Lifestyle and Education editor at the Sun-Gazette. Her column is published the second Wednesday of each month.
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